On March 9, 2017, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, and the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the much-anticipated Global Skills Strategy, including the Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, will launch on June 12, 2017.
The Global Skills strategy aims to decrease processing times with respect to bringing workers into Canada, increase employer access to top international talent, and attract foreign investment through a dedicated service channel. While consultation with provinces and territories, industry stakeholders and businesses remains ongoing, it has been confirmed that the Global Skills Strategy will be a demand-driven program, not limited by industry, but targeted toward high-growth and innovation sectors. On December 1, 2016, PwC Law LLP published a blog post outlining the details of the proposed Global Skills Strategy, which can be found here.
In efforts to allow Canadian companies to respond more quickly to industry opportunities which will ultimately create jobs for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, today’s announcement confirms that the Government is committed to launching the Global Skills Strategy as early as possible to respond to employer needs and ultimately enable economic growth and facilitate new investment in Canada.
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